Rio Grande Fishing and Nature Notes


Although the river is still running relatively high (648 cfs today), it has cleared up considerably … and BWO mayflies continue to hatch. Yesterday, I located a pod of rainbows (stockers) that were rising, and fooled a couple with a #22 postwing BWO imitation. This was about 3 PM, with a warm sun and no wind.

Families of mergansers are showing up, and a lone male wood duck swam upstream across from me. Talk about a gorgeous duck! And this duck has a special place in the hearts of fly tiers. It’s barred flank feathers have been a staple of tails and wings (of trout flies) forever.

The new Monument sign has been installed at the downstream entrance to Orilla Verde. Kathy was told by a BLM person that the designation of “Orilla Verde Recreation Area”  has been discontinued, in favor of, simply,  the Monument. But you know about old habits. I will continue to call it Orilla Verde, while there are plenty of people around who still call it the “State Park”.

Monument sign at Pilar Campground

Monument sign at Pilar Campground

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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